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15 '80s Halloween Costumes a Bit More Creative Than "Aerobics Instructor"

Dress-up ideas from a weird period in pop culture—even if you weren't alive for it.

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Lydia from 'Beetlejuice'

Because you want to own a fluffy red dress. And a red veil. And, oooh, red eyeshadow like Soko.

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This Weird Bananarama Video

I call dibs on this one (which you must honor because I proposed it), but next year, you and two friends could wear quasi-mechanics' outfits while traipsing around New York "fixing cars." Next year, tho.

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Cyndi Lauper

If this is a strictly '80s-themed party, the possibility of being asked to participate in a Madonna group photo is too damn high. Choose Cyndi instead (which, yeah, is similar but different, a distinction you can point out to the less-clever attendees).

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Brooke Shields in 'Blue Lagoon'

The truly extra among us will go for her other costume in this film, which is underwear that looks like it was fashioned from a pair of sails. Go for it if you can avoid arrest, we say.

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The Ladies of 'Dynasty'


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Lots of planning, but so worth it for the photos and satisfaction you'll get from tracking down each element. Do not attempt, however, if you're not going to be extra (diligent) about it.

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Keith Haring

On the other hand, if you get the text invite at 9:43 and have to head out by 10:02 p.m., throw on your fun-colored suit, a novelty T-shirt from Uniqlo's artist series, and the wire aviators you bought because the digital influencers compelled you.

BUY IT: Uniqlo SPRZ NY T-Shirt, $10; uniqlo.com.

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